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Survey reveals that Apple is the most desired mobile brand in emerging markets

If Apple plays its cards right this year, it has the opportunity to grab a large number of new iPhone customers in developing markets, where traditionally it has been weak. According to a new survey released by Upstream and Ovum, of 4504 consumers in Brazil, China, India, Nigeria and Vietnam, Apple is the most desired brand of mobile devices in those countries...

Mar 04, 2014, 2:09 PM,  by Alan F.,  48 comments
Just 0.15% of all mobile gamers account for half of in-app purchases, survey finds

The average value of an in-app purchase is $5.94. While purchases between $1 and $5 represent a majority (67%), they contribute only 27% of total revenues. Purchases of over $50 contribute 9% of all revenues, says research firm Swrve

Feb 28, 2014, 3:21 AM,  by Daniel P.,  8 comments
When it comes to the enterprise and Android, Samsung leads the way

Earlier today, we told you how data from the MDM unit of Good Technology revealed that iOS owned an overwhelming 73% share of all enterprise activated devices in the fourth quarter. Android had a 26% share with the remaining 1% belonging to Windows Phone. But suppose we ignored iOS for a moment, and concentrated on Android...

Feb 13, 2014, 5:34 PM,  by Alan F.,  14 comments
Nielsen: 65% of U.S. households own a smartphone

If you live in the U.S., you probably know all about the Nielsen company. They are the ones who report the weekly television ratings. If you want to complain about the cancellation of Sean saves the World, send them a letter. Meanwhile, Nielsen's new Digital Consumer Report has been released and it shows that a rather impressive 65% of U.S. households own a smartphone...

Feb 12, 2014, 1:07 AM,  by Alan F.,  8 comments
McAfee study shows that 'sexting' is probably more common than you'd think

In the process of embedding smartphones into our lives, we've grown some rather dangerous habits, and it appears that it might be a tad too late to do anything about it. According to a new study carried out by Intel-owned McAfee, a staggering 50% of adult smartphone users are sharing intimate or sexual content with others, including videos, photos, emails, and messages. A mind-boggling 46% of U.S. respondents are reported to have shared their password with somebody else, a figure that is down from 54% -- an improvement, but not a cure...

Feb 05, 2014, 3:39 AM,  by Chris P.,  8 comments
Shouldn't be a surprise: smartphones make you more social, not less

It is a popular complaint/joke to make saying that people are becoming less social because of smartphones. Of course, if you think about it for a few seconds, you'll likely realize that isn't true; and, now there is a study that shows smartphones make us more social, not less. You may think that people tend to ignore those around them in favor of their smartphones, but the data doesn't bear that out...

Jan 20, 2014, 10:16 PM,  by Michael H.,  11 comments
The rise of "super apps" shown in an infographic

A recent infographic summarizes the data, collected from MEF's annual consumer survey, and depicts the "rise of Mobile 3.0". The survey accounts for more than 10,000 consumers from 13 different countries. According to the information, the overall volume of purchased mobile content in 2013 has declined in comparison with 2012, but the value of purchased goods has increased...

Jan 16, 2014, 9:43 AM,  by Peter K.,  0 comments
Stats show that the Apple iPhone 5c is driving buyers to the Apple iPhone 5s

While you might think to yourself during a moment of solitude, that the Apple iPhone 5c is a total sales failure, the truth is that the revamped iPhone 5 is actually doing its job. According to stats from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, derived from a survey of 500 Apple device buyers, the Apple iPhone 5s made up 59% of the iPhone market in the fourth quarter of last year...

Jan 15, 2014, 2:25 AM,  by Alan F.,  16 comments

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Microsoft is the top consumer technology brand name in the U.S. says Forrester Research

Based on a survey of more than 4500 U.S. adults conducted by Forrester Research in August of last year, Microsoft is the strongest consumer technology brand name in the U.S. Apple finished second with Sony third and Samsung fourth. Forrester computed the strength of ten technology brands. Among the ten names in the survey were Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony, Dell and Hewlett-Packard...

Jan 09, 2014, 3:21 PM,  by Alan F.,  23 comments
Beware of the robot! Android device shipments to reach record one billion this year, predicts Gartner

Research firm Gartner predicts that Android device user shipments will reach the one billion mark this year for the first time, giving Google 45% of the mobile market share. Android growth in developed markets might be tapering off, as it has reached the point of saturation, but places like China and India, which together amount for quite the chunk of the world's population, will give Android the big boost this year...

Jan 07, 2014, 10:04 AM,  by Daniel P.,  29 comments
Infographic reveals a number of interesting cellphone stats

So where does your smartphone go at night to recharge the batteries while you're in bed recharging your mind and body? The answer to that and a number of other interesting questions can be found in a new infographic that was just sent to us by the author. It is a fascinating look at smartphone usage. 32% admit to using their phone while driving, 36% use their handset while dining out, and 61% are fiddling with their device while watching television...

Jan 02, 2014, 2:14 AM,  by Alan F.,  8 comments
Apple iPhone users the smartest, BlackBerry users the dumbest?

Aha! So this is why those devices we carry around and covet (like Clarice) are called SMARTphones. Britian's Ladbroke, a betting parlor as they say in Jolly Old England where such places are legal, tested the intelligence and cunning of 2000 smartphone owners. These subjects took A Test of Wits which is comprised of seven brain teasers...

Jan 01, 2014, 2:05 PM,  by Alan F.,  78 comments
Rogers introduces Generation "D", aka the Device Generation

Canadian carrier Rogers has issued the Rogers Innovation Report, which is a survey of 1000 people conducted by Harris-Decima taken between November 21st and December 2nd. Rogers reports that is has discovered a new demographic, Generation "D" (for device). This group "lives and breathes life through mobile devices and that shares an optimistic view of what’s next."...

Dec 27, 2013, 1:22 PM,  by Alan F.,  4 comments
Facebook is your top smartphone app for 2013, according to Nielsen

Nielsen, the same company that tells CBS that people are watching 2 Broke Girls each week, also measures American's use of mobile technology. For example, the ratings company did one of its usual surveys to see which smartphone apps were visited the most each month on average, from January through October. The survey included those iOS and Android users 18 years and older...

Dec 16, 2013, 11:50 PM,  by Alan F.,  8 comments
Android now has 52.2% of the U.S. smartphone market

As the calendar turned to December and we gazed upon a new month, we also anxiously awaited the latest information from comScore. On Thursday, the latest information was released and it showed that in the U.S., for the three months ended in October, Android owned a 52.2% market share. That was a small increase from the 51.8% that the platform averaged for the three months ended in July...

Dec 06, 2013, 12:47 AM,  by Alan F.,  37 comments
IDC: More than 1 billion smartphones to be shipped in 2013

While 2013 has just a buit more than a month remaining. there will still be plenty of smartphone buying over that time period. Tomorrow's Black Friday sales 'holiday' will see plenty of handsets rung up while we still have a tad more than three weeks left until Christmas. in other words, a disproportionate number of smartphones will be sold over the next few weeks...

Nov 28, 2013, 9:36 AM,  by Alan F.,  2 comments
Survey shows battery life to be the single main gripe of today's mobile phone user

A survey among 3500 phone users in US, UK, Germany and UAE showed that it's not processor speeds and screen quality that are the major concerns of the typical user, although we tech blogs often pay the utmost attention to those, nor are the camera capabilities...

Nov 28, 2013, 6:20 AM,  by Daniel P.,  68 comments
LG infographic reveals how Americans use their smartphones

Korean OEM LG currently produces two of the hottest Android phones available. The LG G2, with its high-end specs, thin bezel and uniquely placed volume/power buttons is on the short-list of most Android phone buyers. And the Nexus 5 needs no introduction as the latest stock Android handset is generating very strong demand...

Nov 12, 2013, 3:20 PM,  by Alan F.,  10 comments
J.D. Power survey of tablet buyers puts Samsung tablets on top

Between March and August of this year, J.D. Power and Associates measured tablet owners rankings of their slates based on five factors including performance, ease of use, styling/design, features and price; the scale is based on 1000 points and Korean OEM Samsung ended on top with a score of 835. That narrowly beat out Apple as the iPad manufacturer tallied a score of 833. Amazon, producer of the Kindle Fire, finished third with an 826 score...

Oct 31, 2013, 10:17 PM,  by Alan F.,  10 comments
Snapchat, desired by Zuckerberg, might have 26 million users

Over the weekend, a report published by the Wall Street Journal suggested that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was rebuffed by Snapchat after he proposed a $1 billion acquisition of the messaging company. Snapchat is an app that sends messages that quickly delete; often compared to the beginning of each Mission Impossible episode, which would feature taped instructions to an agent self-destructing, Snapchat is currently riding on a wave of popularity. So much so, in fact, that the metrics of the company's growth seem to remind Zuckerberg of Instagram. The photo-sharing social networking site was purchased by Facebook last year for $1 billion in stock...

Oct 28, 2013, 10:47 AM,  by Alan F.,  4 comments
featured The mobile industry and the current state of innovation

A report out of Booz & Co has taken up the task of mapping the top 1000 companies that spend the most on innovation in what it calls the Global Innovation 1000...

Oct 24, 2013, 6:59 AM,  by Chris P.,  27 comments
32% of U.S. tablet buyers have their sights set on an Apple iPad

A survey done by The Yankee Group of those 13 and older in the U.S. looking to buy a new tablet, shows that after the Apple iPad, many consumers have no idea which tablet to buy; of the 4000 surveyed, an impressive 32% said that their next tablet will be an iPad. Following , 23% replied that they were not sure which tablet they would buy...

Oct 23, 2013, 2:23 PM,  by Alan F.,  73 comments
Nearly 85% of iOS 7 users surveyed have not called upon Siri

A survey of more than 2000 Americans was taken by a company called Intelligent Voice; the topic of the questioning was Siri. Those surveyed were asked if they used Siri on iOS 7, what they thought of the capabilities of Apple's voice activated virtual assistant, and whether Apple had oversold the public when it came to Siri...

Oct 20, 2013, 10:42 PM,  by Alan F.,  34 comments
35% of Americans older than 16 own a tablet

35% of Americans aged 16 and older now own a tablet; that news comes from the latest data released by Pew. The survey took place from July through September and covered 6224 Americans and suggests that 24% of Americans are sporting an e-reader. Closing in on half of those asked, 43% reported owning either a tablet or e-reader...

Oct 19, 2013, 12:42 PM,  by Alan F.,  10 comments
Text before bed time and you'll have trouble sleeping

A survey conducted on 83 college students found that the more text messages they sent, the harder is was for them to get a good night's sleep; the study was written up in the Psychology of Popular Media Culture. Because most people sleep right next to their phone, a late night texting session usually results in a number of responses from those you are passing messages back and forth with leading to buzzing and ringing from your phone as these replies come in...

Oct 16, 2013, 8:20 PM,  by Alan F.,  9 comments
Tablet use on the rise for the kiddies in the U.K.

U.K. telecom regulator Ofcom has been keeping track of the tablet market as it pertains to the little ones; by little ones, we mean children in the region who are more and more likely to give up a cell phone in exchange for the larger screen of a tablet that they can use to play games, watch videos and access the internet. For the first time since the survey started, Ofcom recorded a drop in the number of those age 5 to 15 with a mobile phone...

Oct 03, 2013, 8:32 AM,  by Alan F.,  3 comments
Vast majority of stateside cell phone users love to text

Text messaging remains the top activity done by U.S. cell phone owners, according to a study conducted by Pew Internet; 91% of Americans own a cell phone, which is quite an incredible statistic. And of these Americans who are sporting a wireless handset, 81% have used it to send or receive text messages. Just don't do it while driving...

Sep 20, 2013, 1:00 AM,  by Alan F.,  4 comments
Survey says half of all iPhone users will upgrade to a 5S or 5C immediately

We are just over 12 hours away from Apple's announcement of the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, which is planned for tomorrow at 11AM PST (1PM EST). As always, that means that current iPhone users will have to decide if the new Apple devices offer enough new features to warrant an upgrade...

Sep 09, 2013, 9:13 PM,  by Michael H.,  42 comments
Here's why the Xperia Z1 is the world's leading cameraphone according to Sony

A 5-inch Triluminos display with X-Reality engine for mobile, an IP55/58 certified body promising water and dust resistance, and the latest, most powerful Snapdragon 800...

Sep 09, 2013, 9:40 AM,  by Chris P.,  103 comments
WP firmly etching itself as the third OS, claims the second spot in a major market for the first time

The popularity of the now firmly established Windows Phone OS continues to grow in several major markets, and its success is largely driven by first time smartphone buyers, who are looking to upgrade from their featurephones...

Sep 03, 2013, 9:54 AM,  by Chris P.,  0 comments
Survey: More Android users switching to the Apple iPhone than vice versa

According to a survey conducted by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, 20% of Apple's customers over the last year came from an Android phone; at the same time, only 7% of Samsung's customers over the last year were switching from an iPhone. Meanwhile, from July 2012 to June 2013, 42% of Apple iPhone buyers were merely upgrading from another iPhone model...

Aug 19, 2013, 1:01 PM,  by Alan F.,  104 comments
AT&T zips past Verizon to reclaim the J.D. Power customer service ranking's top

America's second largest carrier AT&T just toppled the first one to score a first place in customer satisfaction ranking by J.D. Power. Usually with a top occupied by Verzion, the survey covers three aspects of customer service - phone assistance, online support and in-store associates...

Aug 02, 2013, 1:49 AM,  by Daniel P.,  14 comments
Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note II beat out the Apple iPhone 5 in customer satisfaction

According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, two Samsung smartphones are at the top of the list of handsets with the highest level of customer satisfaction in the U.S.; both models manufactured by the Korean based tech titan, the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Samsung GALAXY Note II, beat out the Apple iPhone 5. The survey was taken in March, prior to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4...

Jul 31, 2013, 1:38 AM,  by Alan F.,  36 comments
Survey reveals why today's daters like to use text messages

Mobile technology has changed many things we do, so why wouldn't it change the dating world? USA Today took a survey of 1500 daters aged 21 to 50 to see how devices like smartphones have changed dating; about a third of both men (31%) and women (33%) find that it is less intimidating to ask for a date via a text message as opposed to asking someone out in person...

Jul 18, 2013, 10:40 PM,  by Alan F.,  9 comments
41% of Brits use a mobile device while on the potty

Online retailer Pixmania conducted a survey of 2000 Brits to see what was going on behind the closed doors of...the bathroom; or as they say in Britain, the loo. While sitting on the throne (remember, the country does have a Queen), 41% of Brits are using their Smartphone, tablet or eReader. A large majority of those using a gadget in the can, 65%, have a smartphone in their hand...

Jul 18, 2013, 8:14 AM,  by Alan F.,  19 comments
South Koreans are becoming less loyal to the Apple iPhone

With some analysts cutting their forecast of Apple iPhone sales by 20% for the second half of the year, it seems that Apple's iconic smartphone is losing loyal fans in South Korea; a survey of 416 iPhone owners in South Korea, taken by DIGIECO or KT Economics and Management Research Institute, found that 53% of those iPhone owners do not plan to continue using the device...

Jul 09, 2013, 2:50 AM,  by Alan F.,  16 comments
Apple iPhone picked top smartphone for customer satisfaction in Korea

Right in Samsung and LG's home of South Korea, Apple might have delivered the cruelest blow of all as 44,168 smartphone owners in the country were asked which smartphone was their favorite based on customer satisfaction; the winner was the Apple iPhone. In addition, Apple's iconic smartphone was also noted for having the best after sale support...

Jul 03, 2013, 9:25 AM,  by Alan F.,  20 comments
Mobile malware getting out of control? Study claims 614% increase on year, Android accounts for 92% of total infections

A terrifying report was released two days ago by the Mobile Threat Center arm (MTC) of Juniper Networks – a manufacturer of network equipment with a hefty stake in enterprise security. According to Juniper, its MTC research facility is dedicated to 'around-the-clock mobile security and privacy research'. The MTC found mobile malware growing exponentially at an alarming rate – a 614% on year increase reaching a total of just about 280,000 malicious apps...

Jun 28, 2013, 9:44 AM,  by Chris P.,  58 comments
Developer survey points to increased interest in Windows Phone, more than twice the Blackberry 10 number

Microsoft was certain they can beat Blackberry 10 easily for being the third ecosystem that will keep the Android-iOS duopoly on its toes, and a developer survey released by Appcelerator seems to confirm this notion. They asked 6046 developers how interested were they in writing for each current mobile platform, and, predictably, iOS and Android took the cake here. Of note is that Windows Phone grabbed 37%, up from the previous quarter, and almost 2.5 times higher than the interest in BlackBerry 10...

Jun 28, 2013, 3:05 AM,  by Daniel P.,  35 comments
DRAM for mobile devices to generate more revenue than PC DRAM for the first time in 2015

The market share of the DRAM used by PC will shrink by 30% in 2014 and continue to fall to 28% in 2015 and 23% in 2016 all in favor of mobile electronic devices...

Jun 26, 2013, 9:07 AM,  by Ivan S.,  2 comments
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